Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Not either an experimental doll

I've just been re-reading Shula Marks' compilation, Not either an experimental doll: the separate worlds of three South African women, which tells the story, entirely through letters, of the relationship between Mabel Palmer (a university-educated English Fabian) and Lily Mboya (a Xhosa girl who sees education as a way of expanding her horizons in the early years of apartheid South Africa). I had forgot what a touching story this is: of how people from different backgrounds struggle--sometimes succeeding, but often failing--to understand each other. An excellent and moving read.

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